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Do I really need a wedding planner ?How Much Does it Cost with ZFNewYork?

Updated: May 19, 2020

Most couples need help with their wedding plans. A wise couple will work with a professional planner to ensure a seamless, stress-free celebration. But where to begin? And how much does a wedding planner cost?

ZF New York planners will save you time. Most planners will save you money by helping you create and stick to your budget. They have money-saving strategies, a network of trusted vendors and they’ll negotiate to get you the best deal without sacrificing quality. You're hiring them for their expertise, style, calming attitude, and business acumen. And for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebration, you'll want someone in charge who embodies all of these things.

Planner vs. Consultant vs. Coordinator: What's the Difference?

You’re either looking for someone who plans and executes your entire wedding, or someone who manages specific tasks. If you want a destination wedding or a large wedding with multiple events and many moving parts, hire a full-service wedding planner. If you're a DIY couple who only needs guidance and assistance with wedding day logistics, hire a partial planner or coordinator.

Full-service wedding planners are involved in the entire wedding process, which includes concept, planning, managing, coordination and a myriad of details until you wave goodbye to your guests.

A wedding coordinator is very different from a wedding planner, Most think of a 'day-of' coordinator who manages the vendors and venue the couple has hired. Actually, the coordinator has to come onboard a month or more before the wedding to know who is who, what needs to go where and what your expectations are."

Don't be confused by an on-site coordinator offered by the venue. While they make sure the ceremony, reception, and catering are on schedule, they are working from the venue's point of view, not yours.

What's Typically Included in a Wedding Planner’s Fee?

"Every planning company is different,

Hire a pro from ZF New York team wedding planners to take care of all of the planning and details so you'll be able to enjoy this joyous time with your family and guests. Hire a coordinator if you want help with the timeline, vendor management and specific tasks for your wedding day.

  • Assist with stationery design and printing 

  • Assist in venue scouting and negotiations

  • Assist in vendor sourcing, interviewing and negotiations 

  • RSVP and guest list management

  • Floral design, florist interviews, and proposal reviews 

  • Rental recommendation and sourcing 

  • Rain contingency plan

  • Catering negotiation, communication and menu development

  • Timeline management

  • Wedding day staffing, pre-production and post-production management

How Wedding Planner Costs are Calculated: The Typical Breakdown 

All-inclusive fee: We are wedding producers because we produce everything. We design every element, so all details match. We contract entertainment directly with the artists; we do lighting and set design, and gives them a custom look.

Flat fee packages: in New York we offer two comprehensive base packages and a la carte options. A full-service planning and coordination package starts from $5,200 and the month-of planning/partial planning package begins at $2,150.

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